Married Redemptorist tells his story
At this time of change and decay and hopeful renewal in the Church, at this time when priestly numbers are dwindling and the writing is on the wall, at this time when the ‘Tridentine moment’ in the Church’s life draws to a close (cf Eamon Duffy, Faith of our Fathers, London and New York, Continuum Books 2004) and at this time when Brendan Hoban asks the question about the future of ministry in the church, may I draw the attention of readers on this website to ‘The book what I wrote’ (if I may borrow from Morecambe and Wise!)
‘Finding Maggie’ is just published now by Kevin Mayhew publishers of Buxhall, Stowmarket, East Anglia and tells the story of a young boy recruited early into priestly ways, who met a girl called Maggie and found his happiness. The young boy is my good self, Brian Fahy, son of a Lancashire father with Westport connections and of an Irish mother from Glencullen, Bangor Erris, County Mayo. Maggie, the girl I met and eventually married, developed a rare lung condition, underwent surgery for a lung transplant and had three good years before her sudden death, aged 47, in September 2012.
A second, follow-up book is now ready and will be published in September 2013 called ‘On the One Road’. This tells at greater length the story of my journey from boyhood into the Redemptorist Order, of my years in religious life, and of my struggle to leave and find my way to Maggie and to our son, Michael.
It is Maggie’s sudden death that has catapulted me into writing and publishing. My editors have asked me to write a journal over these next two years and if it proves readable and helpful will also see the light of day as a help book on grief. A fourth book is now being written and I am thinking also of short stories.
‘Finding Maggie’ is my first published book. It is priced at £10.99 from Kevin Mayhew. The lady in my local supermarket said she wouldn’t pay that price for a paperback, but I told her quality doesn’t come cheap.
I was a Redemptorist for many years, indeed for most of my life. It is very much part of who I am. When I left and found my happiness, I told a friend in the Order, “I haven’t really left, you know. I have just relocated within the church.” And so I have. Now I would like my story to do the talking and to share whatever lessons may be there for the learning.
So, if you haven’t yet decided on your summer reading, get hold of my book now and put in your order for the second one, and come with me and let me tell you a story.
Best wishes, Brian Fahy